Yongsheng Chen, PhD

Yongsheng Chen, PhD


Phone: 313-577-2074

Fax: 313 745-4216 (fax)

Yongsheng Chen, PhD

Office Address

4201 St. Antoine, UHC-8C
Detroit, MI 48201

Narrative Bio

Yongsheng Chen, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine as of July 2023. He also serves as the Director of the MR Core Research Facility (MRRF) at Wayne State to oversee the operations of the MRRF and to promote the Core both across campus and in the Michigan Tri-corridor region. Dr. Chen has an adjunct Graduate Faculty Appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State for advising Ph.D. students, directing and guiding their dissertation research. He was an Assistant Professor – Research in the Department of Neurology from December 2018 to June 2023, and a Research Assistant in the Department of Radiology from April 2015 to November 2018 at Wayne State. Prior to joining Wayne State in 2015, he worked in the MR industry for 13 years developing MRI system software and pulse sequences. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the Northeastern University of China.

Dr. Chen’s research is focused on developing quantitative MRI (qMRI) methods of the brain and peripheral nerves. His clinical research interests include neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis) and peripheral neuropathies. By working with his colleagues, Dr. Chen has developed a rapid multiparametric qMRI method of the brain referred to as strategically acquired gradient echo (STAGE) imaging. STAGE shortens the time span in studying each patient and still acquires the desired quantitative and qualitative images of the brain. One of his recent contributions to science is the development of a multiparametric qMRI method for peripheral nerves in the leg. The nerve qMRI method has been used to systematically assess the demyelination and axonal loss of peripheral nerves in patients with polyneuropathies. His research laboratory is currently funded by the NIH and Wayne State to develop monitoring biomarkers in patients with inherited peripheral nerve diseases, and diagnostic biomarker signatures to differentiate demyelination from axonal degeneration types of polyneuropathies.

Dr. Chen's Research Laboratory

Academic Rank

Associate Professor (Research Educator)


Northeastern University, China — B.S, Computer Engineering, 2002


Northeastern University, China — M.S., Computer Engineering, 2009

Northeastern University, China — Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2018

Position Title

Yongsheng Chen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, MR Research Facility
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Prior Appointments

Assistant Professor - Research, Department of Neurology, Wayne State University, 2018 - 2023

Research Scientist, The MRI Institute for Biomedical Research, 2017 - 2018

Research Assistant, Department of Radiology, MRI Core, Wayne State University, 2015 - 2018


My Bibliographyhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/yongsheng.chen.2/bibliography/public/


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